Original Publication Date: 1 November, 2015
Publication / Source: Personalized Medicine
Authors: Patricia G Moorman
Oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are the most commonly used reversible method of contraception in the USA, and more than 80% of women aged 15–44 years report having taken them at some time . Most women considering their contraceptive options base their decision to use OCPs on the effectiveness, convenience and tolerability of the method. For women with a family history of hormonally influenced cancers, whether or not they decide to use OCPs is further influenced by the effect of these pills on their risk for cancer.